The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the TMJ or  “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw.  Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain.  Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true.  Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.

At your initial examination appointment, we will evaluate the temporomandibular joints for any abnormalities.  Possible TMJ problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the joints during the opening and closing movement of the mouth).  Common pain relievers and warm or cold compresses can provide temporary relief for many TMJ symptoms.

For more serious cases of TMJ issues, we may recommend various treatment options.  Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding.  In some cases, we will recommend orthodontic treatment to correct bite problems that are contributing to the TMJ symptoms.  This often alleviates the discomfort by taking pressure off of the TMJ joint.  For the most severe cases of TMJ problems, we may recommend an evaluation by other specialists.

3200 N. O'Connor Rd.
Irving, TX 75062
Phone: 972.257.3200
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